Bollywood star Pran has died at the age of 93. The actor, who made his name playing villainous roles, passed away at a hospital in Mumbai, India on Friday (12Jul13) after a battle with pneumonia.
Pran, whose full name was Pran Krishan Sikand, spent the last two weeks of his life in hospital.
He enjoyed a movie career spanning more than 60 years and starred in over 350 film projects, which included bad guy roles in Bari Behen (Elder Sister), Azaad (A Free Man) and Zanjeer (Shackles).
Pran's Zanjeer co-star Amitabh Bachchan paid tribute in a post on Twitter.com, writing, "A gentleman, most collaborative colleague. Another magnificent pillar of the film industry falls," while Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, adds, "Indian cinema has lost an icon".
Pran was presented with the Indian government's highest honour for cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, in May (13).
He passed away on Sunday (21Oct12) at the Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, India due to multiple organ failure following a battle with dengue fever.
Chopra, known as the King of Romance in India, made his directorial debut in 1959 with Dhool ka Phool (Blossom in the Dust) and 14 years later he founded his own production company, Yash Raj Films.
Since then he has produced, written or directed more than 50 films over the last five decades, including Deewar (Wall), Dil To Pagal Hai (Heart Is Mad), Vijay (Victory), Kabhie Kabhie (Sometimes...), and Chandni (Moonlight).
Considered one of the greatest Hindi filmmakers of all time, he has won a total of six National Film Awards and 11 Filmfare Awards. He was also twice honoured by members of the Indian government - he received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2005 for his contributions to the arts.
His last film, Jab Tak Hai Jaan (As Long as I am Alive), will hit theatres next month (Nov12).
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has released a statement in the wake of his death, which reads, "He had an aesthetic talent to make his films look larger than life. His flourish in essaying romance and social drama was unmatched.
"He will be remembered by millions of his fans around the world and his work as a director and producer will be treasured by the nation for many more generations."
Chopra is set to be cremated on Monday (22Oct12).
Rajesh Khanna, the first actor to achieve superstar status in Bollywood, has died at age 69. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Khanna's enormous success made him a massive star in India with a career that spanned many decades and about 170 movies. At the height of his fame in romantic films, female fans would reportedly "marry" his photographs and write him letters in their blood.
Kaka, as he was widely known, became one of the highest paid actors of his time. And like so many Hollywood actors, he even dabbled in politics, becoming Congress MP from the New Delhi constituency from 1991 to 1996.
Today, fans mourn his loss.
PM Manmohan Singh led the tributes with his tweet: "I convey my heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family and countless fans and admirers of Rajesh Khanna." "Rajesh Khanna was always a symbol of romance," says West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. "His smiling face and the ability to connect with people at ease had made him popular."
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The veteran star suffered a heart attack last week (ends08Jul12) but was sent home from hospital after doctors concluded he had little chance of recovery. He died at home on Wednesday (12Jul12).
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who acted with Singh in 1985 film Mard, paid tribute in a post on his Twitter.com page, writing, "Dara Singh passed away this morning. A great Indian and one of the finest humans... An entire era of his celebrated presence gone!"
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also expressed his sadness at the actor's passing, saying, "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Dara Singh, who has been an inspiration and icon to many generations in our country..."
Singh rose to fame as a wrestler, winning a world championship title in 1960, but he also embraced acting and starred in numerous Bollywood films and TV series. He was well known for his action hero roles.
In his later career, Singh tackled politics and was a member of the Indian parliament from 2003 to 2009.
The Baywatch beauty, a longtime supporter of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), was appalled to see video footage allegedly showing sick monkeys and rabbits locked up and in distress at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
So she's penned a letter to AIIMS director R. C. Deka urging the facility's bosses to free the animals.
Anderson writes, "It broke my heart to see the suffering. The animals suffering behind closed doors at AIIMS must endure this nightmare every day.
"(The monkeys are kept in) cramped, barren, and rusty cages for years on end. Please, won't you at least agree to retire the animals who have been at AIIMS the longest to a sanctuary?"
Animal-lover Anderson has previously asked India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ban leather in the country, branding the trade in hides "unspeakably cruel".
The Baywatch beauty jetted into Mumbai earlier this month (Nov10) to take part in the Indian version of Big Brother, Bigg Boss - but before she entered the reality TV house, she penned a letter to the country's leader Manmohan Singh to call for an end to leather trading.
In the note, Anderson claims animals are "suffocating and dying on their way to slaughter" and she's urging the Indian government to take a stance against the industry.
She writes, "The reverence and love for animals felt by people in your beautiful country is deeply moving, yet one thing fills me and all compassionate people with horror: India's leather trade. It still profits from the skins of animals who have been transported to and killed in slaughterhouses, including illegal ones, in unspeakably cruel ways. In 10 years, it seems nothing has changed.
"Illegal slaughterhouses operate with impunity throughout the country. The government has also failed to set up any effective scheme whatsoever to address this crisis. India's laws prohibit animals from being crammed onto vehicles in such high numbers that their bones break, ban handlers from smearing chilli seeds into cows' eyes and breaking their tails, and prevent animals from standing in their own blood and being hacked to pieces in front of each other while still conscious, yet all this continues to go on, involving countless animals every day...
"I am calling on every kind person in India... to join me in rejecting all leather products in order to help put an end to the suffering. I am asking every individual never to buy leather shoes, bags, jackets, belts or anything else made of animal skin."